Review of ’46’ by Lynn Ames, audiobook narrated by Abby Craden
I’ve read this book when it was released a few months ago and after it was released on audiobook, narrated by the fantastic Abby Craden, I knew I was going to revisit the story sooner than later. After a week of being appalled by the political news coming from the US (October 2020), I was in dire need of some hope for the future, even in the form of lesbian fiction. So this was the right time to listen to the audiobook of ’46’ by Lynn Ames and make the most of the positivity it brings…
In November 2020, Emma McMasters is elected the 46th president of the United States, the first woman and a lesbian. She has a challenging future in front of her, recovering the country from the disaster of the previous administration and establishing a liberal agenda. General Palmer Estes is the highest-ranking female officer in the US Army who dedicated her whole life to her military career and to defend her country. When they meet during a hostage crisis, an undeniable attraction is born but love and politics aren’t usually compatible…
If you are looking for a book with behind the scenes politics, a bit of action and power struggle but with a feel-good, positive (idealistic) message, ’46’ is for you. I absolutely loved all the ceremonial, governmental and administrative details, but I majored in Political Science so, it might be a bit too much for someone who’s not interested in this subject. Beyond that, the idea of a lesbian US president is something that any lesfic reader can easily approve and Emma McMasters is a great, larger than life character.
When I read the book, I had the impression that the characters’ chemistry was a bit lacking but trust Ms. Craden to step the chemistry levels up a few notches. Her narration brings the characters to life, makes them human, and relatable and it improved my overall enjoyment of the story. As usual, her voices are all distinctive which makes the dialogues easy to follow. The plot puts Emma’s character through the wringer and Ms. Craden pulls off every single emotion so much so that the story seems to unfold in the listener’s mind’s eye. If you are looking for a message of hope in a very trying year and you don’t mind a bit of political background, this audiobook is for you.
Overall, a positive, entertaining, and compelling lesfic politics audiobook. Here’s hoping that in a few years’ time we could say that it was also prophetic. 5 stars.
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
Overall, a positive, entertaining, and compelling lesfic politics audiobook. Here's hoping that in a few years' time we could say that it was also prophetic. 5 stars.
URL: 5 stars, Military, Politics
Author: Lynn Ames